Members of Adventist Health and Valley Children’s Healthcare, along with Fowler and Fresno County officials, cut the ribbon at the Adventist Health Medical Office-Fowler. Photo by Donald A. Promnitz.
The Fowler community gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for a new clinic aimed at treating the whole family in a underserved part of Fresno County.
Adventist Health Central California, in partnership with Valley Children’s Hospital, premiered Adventist Health Medical Office- Fowler after two years of construction.
According to Wayne Ferch, president of Adventist Health Central California Region, the idea of creating the clinic came about with a meeting he had with Todd Suntrapak, president and CEO of Valley Children’s. In their discussion, they went over how to bring family-oriented care to the City of Fowler, resulting in the center.
“So combining — I think — emphasizes both of our missions to treat families and not just one part of the family,” Ferch said. “Our clients are anybody who would like to use this service.”
The two hospital networks will work side-by-side, Adventist Health handling health care for adults while Valley Children’s will administer pediatric care.
Located right off of Highway 99 near Merced Street, Adventist Health Medical Office- Fowler will provide specialized pediatric care alongside adult care in the 46,000-square-foot facility. Overall costs for the project came in at $34 million. However, Suntrapak added that the entire site has been bought and paid for, with no financing or landlords.
“That’s the best stewardship of our resources, and the long-term investment in the communities we serve,” Suntrapak said.